Bronx, N.Y.— Freshman Janee'a Summers (Bound Brook, N.J./Bound Brook) scored 15 points, adding five rebounds in her collegiate debut, but the Retrievers fell to Fordham 55-46 on Friday. The Retrievers got down as many as ten and battled all the way to within two, but could not complete the comeback.
UMBC falls to 0-1, while Fordham moves to 1-0 on the year.
UMBC opened the game with good defense early, holding the Rams off the offensive glass. Both teams went back and forth in the opening stanza, exchanging the lead, with four lead changes in the opening ten minutes.
The Retrievers fell behind 11-8, before Allison McGrath (South Park, Pa./South Park tied it with a three with just over a minute to go in the quarter. Freshman Melody Van Ness (Somerville, N.J./Somerville) nailed a triple of her own to give the Retrievers a 14-11 lead after one, beating the buzzer in the corner.
Fordham opened the second on a 5-0 run to take a 19-14 lead early on, before a Janee'a Summers trifecta cut the deficit back to two.
Summers would tie it just minutes later, stealing the ball at the three-point line, and going coast-to-coast and finishing to tie it at 19-19.
However the Rams would go on a 4-0 run to end the quarter and take a 23-21 lead into the break.
Summers lead the Retrievers with seven first half points, as UMBC shot 30.8 percent from the floor forcing ten Fordham turnovers.
The Rams extended the run to 9-0, scoring the first five points of the second half before Te'yJah Oliver (Clinton, Md./Riverdale Baptist) hit a pair of free throws to end the run. They extended that run to 13-2 taking their largest lead of the game at ten.
UMBC would cut into the deficit after a 9-2 run of their own, getting a big three from Van Ness to cut it to four. However, Fordham would hit their free throws down the stretch, holding on for a 55-46.
Summers ended with 15 points and five rebounds, with Van Ness also hitting double figures with ten points. The Retrievers forced 20 turnovers, scoring 19 points off those turnovers.
UMBC returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 12 when they travel to Hofstra. Tip-off with the Pride is set for 2 p.m.